Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 127(2):329-335, 1998. Paper abstract bibtex
We conducted laboratory tests on the effects of externally applied acoustic tags on the swimming activity of lake whitefish Coregonus clupeaformis. Using an acoustic beam actograph, we evaluated the swimming activity patterns of 15 fsh over a 40-d period and tagged 12 of the fish at mid-experiment, after 20 d. Fish activity was continuously recorded by counting the number of beam interruptions per hour. Before fish were tagged, the activity pattern of 8 of the 15 fish showed more activity during the day than at night; 5 fish were equally active during day and night, and 2 fish were predominantly active at night. After they were tagged, one control (33%) and seven tagged fish (58%) kept the same activity pattern. A consistency in day and night swimming activity levels was observed between the two periods for two control fish and two tagged fish. Day activity levels before or after the tagging date were not statistically different between the three groups tested (control. Small and large fish), whereas night activity levels increased for the large fish. This study showed that handling, attachment surgery, and tag presence did not seem to critically affect swimming activity levels or patterns in lake whitefish. Growth rates over the 40-d period of observation were also not significantly different between control and ragged fish.